Washington, DC as a tourist

Washington, DC as a tourist

As you have seen in the last post in the Reserach section, in the past days I went to Washington, DC, where I dedicated some time to sightseeing in addition to the events that I attended. Indeed, apart from the very quick passage that I made last July in occasion of the International Energy Workshop in College Park, I had already been there about ten years ago when I took an on-the-road trip in the South-Eastern states with my friends…

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MCAA and EURAXESS – Washington, DC

MCAA and EURAXESS – Washington, DC

In late October I wrote a post about the creation of the North American chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) – you can see our logo above – mentioning that the official inauguration would take place in Washington, DC at the beginning of December. I was not sure if I could take part in it, but eventually I found time – and money, thanks to the appreciated support of MCAA, which covered part of the expenses 🙂 –…

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Enel Innovation Hub – Update

Enel Innovation Hub – Update

As you surely (!) remember, last March I had written a post – actually two, one in the News section and one in the Life section – about the launch of the Enel Innovation Hub right in my open space here in Berkeley. For those who do not know it, Enel is the main Italian player in the electricity sector. The purpose of this center, I remind, is to work as an incubator and to promote innovative startups. As you…

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Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future – GRIST

Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future – GRIST

The digital currency is slowing our effort to achieve a rapid transition away from fossil fuels. Source: Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future Bitcoin is probably one of the most topical issues in these weeks. We are all impressed with the astonishing growth in its value that every day achieves a new record high. What many might not know, though, is that the generation (technically, the “mining”) and the exchange of this currency entails a huge energy consumption: in…

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Final seminar at UC Berkeley

Final seminar at UC Berkeley

As anticipated in the last Research post, yesterday I gave my final seminar at RAEL, in which I provided my colleagues with an overview of the work that I carried out during my American year. Gosh! Eight and a half months have passed since I held my introductory seminar: it seems yesterday, but it was March 15! By the way, I would have liked to have a bit more time to finalize some activities, but this was the last RAEL…

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

As I had anticipated in my Halloween post, I was curious to see how the Thanksgiving Day would turn out to be here in its “homeland”. In particular, I hoped that I could take part in a gathering with the Italian community, but naturally any event would be fine. First of all, it must be said that this is one of the most important American holidays, probably more “felt” than Christmas itself, being the real festivity when families gather together…

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COP23 – UNFCCC: Outcome

COP23 – UNFCCC: Outcome

As I discussed in my relevant post a couple of weeks ago, the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) took place from November 7 to 17 in Bonn, Germany. Indeed the last negotiations took the whole night of Friday 17, and the final agreement was found only at the sunrise of Saturday 18. This COP was not expected to be revolutionary: the objective was essentially to make a step ahead towards the implementation of the Paris Agreement, which is what has…

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WITCH-SWITCH scenarios

WITCH-SWITCH scenarios

As discussed in the last Research post, in the past weeks Marco, Simone, and I focused on the WITCH runs aimed at carrying out a comparison with the SWITCH scenarios for China. I remind that the objective of these runs is twofold: empirically validate the new modeling of grid and storage in WITCH, checking its results against those obtained with a more detailed energy model; build the scenario portfolio for the dynamics of decarbonization activity (last spring I had already…

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World Energy Outlook 2017 – IEA

World Energy Outlook 2017 – IEA

Source: WEO 2017: Key Findings As I had anticipated in this post, the 2017 issue of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) was released yesterday by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Every year, the WEO provides a full overview on the current status and prospects of the energy sector and it is considered the main publication in this field. The webpage linked above provides a great overview on the main insights of this year’s issue: as you can see, bright prospects…

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Oakland

Oakland

Last April 15, after the typical Saturday’s chores, I decided to pop over to Oakland. It was quite late to go to San Francisco, in fact, but I had some hours that had to be used. So I had decided to give a look at the main city of the East Bay. Indeed, in general Oakland does not have a great reputation, but I was told that the situation has improved a lot over the past years, and my National…

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